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Providence Mar 5 Seminar: Security, Cloud/Virtualization, Storage, Mobility/VDI

Ron Gerber

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM (EST)

Providence, RI

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This comprehensive yet tightly-focused seminar, including a hot breakfast, full hot lunch and ending with an HP Slate 7 Tablet raffle, covers the increasingly related topics of security/compliance, mobility/byod/VDI, storage/backup, network/application performance and SDN/cloud/virtualization. Angelbeat coordinates expert speakers from many leading firms listed below - scroll down to see the agenda - who deliver concise, technical and complementary talks. Content is pre-approved by Angelbeat and past attendees to maximize learning. CISSP's and other individuals can receive 5 CPE credit hours for attending. As one Wal-Mart attendee states, "Of all the seminars I attend, your format is by far the best. Brief informative talks from vendors, followed by one-on-one time at their booth to find out more. I am out of the office for less than a day yet I have access to all the different solutions. This year I will follow up with two vendors." As another IT Director commented, “Thanks for hosting a very informative meeting with vendors that tied in well… it was an integrated picture of technologies that work together to create a complete infrastructure solution for the workplace.”

Listen to Angelbeat CEO's Ron Gerber podcast to hear why you should attend. Watch Angelbeat on Youtube to see clips from past events and hear other attendee testimonials. Meals, Wi-Fi and parking are provided at no charge. There are raffle prize drawings for an HP Slate 7, Amazon/AMEX Gift Cards and other items at the end.

Join your peers from Brown University, Bryant University, University of Rhode Island, RISD, Harvard, UMass, Care New England, Lifespan, RI Blood Center, Dominion Diagnostics, CVS Caremark, Fidelity, National Grid, Bank of America, Washington Trust, Claflin, Nautic Partners, Partridge Snow & Hahn, Sansiveri & Kimball, Instron, Precix, D3 Logic, Lasalle Academy, City of New Bedford and other leading organizations who are confirmed attendees.


7:30 - 8:30: Hot Breakfast, Registration, Exhibit Area Open, Peer Networking, Product Demonstrations

8:30 - 8:40: Angelbeat CEO Ron Gerber Opening Comments
, 2014 Predictions & Organizational and Personal/Career Recommendations

8:40 - 8:55: Security/Compliance: Securing Unstructured Data, The Next Evolution of eDiscovery and Data Loss Prevention with Varonis
The importance of securing and managing sensitive & confidential data was vividly reinforced by the recent NSA/Snowden and Wikileak incidents. Organizations must protect the rapidly growing volume of unstructured and semi structured data—documents, spreadsheets, presentations, media files and other business data - that can be stored in file servers, NAS devices, SharePoint, virtual data centers, cloud-based storage platforms, etc. This is taking ediscovery and data loss prevention (DLP) to the next level.

Attendees will learn about solutions to this important issue from Varonis, the foremost innovator and provider of access, governance, and retention solutions for human-generated data, the fastest-growing and most sensitive class of digital information. Based on patented technology and a highly accurate analytics engine, Varonis solutions give organizations total visibility and control over their data, ensuring that only the right users have access to the right data at all times from all devices, all use is monitored, and abuse is flagged.

Varonis makes digital collaboration secure, effortless and efficient so that people can create and share content easily, and organizations can extract more value from their content while being confident that it is protected and managed efficiently.

8:55 - 9:15: Next Generation Firewall with Dell SonicWALL
Dell SonicWALL Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW) deliver superior intrusion prevention, malware protection, application intelligence and control, real-time traffic visualization and inspection for SSL encrypted sessions at the gateway by tightly integrating a patented Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection engine with multi-core hardware. Essential to an intelligent and highly adaptive security system, they scan every byte of every packet for the deepest level of network protection and massively scale to extend state-of-the-art security to growing and distributed enterprise networks. Dell NGFW provide a comprehensive layer of defense by combining gateway content filtering, anti-spam, anti-virus, anti-spyware, intrusion prevention, and regain visibility into the network through application intelligence and visualization.

9:15 - 9:35: Delivering Service, Applications, and Data to Users on Any Device: Citrix Strategies and Best Practices for dealing with remote users, Virtual Desktops, Windows Upgrades, and mobility needs
Citrix will discuss how its FlexCast and XenMobile architecture can help facilitate the smooth migration from XP, while supporting BYOD, VDI and Mobility initiatives.

9:35 - 9:55 Curing the Mobile Madness – Going Beyond Device Management with Novell
The first step to "Curing the Mobile Madness" is understanding its cause. The consumerization of IT has led to a growing turf war between IT and end users. Learn from Novell how smart organizations align the needs of IT and end users to create a productive mobile enterprise. Click here to download an informative Novell moblity white paper before the seminar.

Three decades of experience in the enterprise make the Novell approach to mobility different. Its solutions give you file access and sharing without putting your files in the cloud. Novell also brings complete printing solutions to all devices and mobile platforms. If mobility is driving your organization mad, join us to find the cure.

9:55 - 10:15: VDI Deployment Strategies from an Integrator/End User Perspective, with Envision CEO Todd Knapp
There's a lot of broken or sub-par VDI out in the world right now. Some are pilots that never got off the ground, others are environments that simply underperform or aren’t meeting the density requirements of the organization. Some are totally functional environments that don’t have a good end-user experience. Some are pilots that for whatever reason just don’t scale. Envision Technology is a leading New England system integrator that is deeply skilled in VDI and does a lot of “VDI repair work” for customers. Their CEO Todd Knapp will discuss his experience with strategy, setting realistic objectives, and the philosophy of good VDI.

10:15 - 10:35: WAN Optimization, Application Performance with Silver-Peak
Megatrends like virtualization and cloud computing have resulted in data becoming more centralized while users remain dispersed. Silver Peak software accelerates data movement between data centers, remote offices and the cloud, solving the underlying network challenge that impacts data mobility and application performance over wide area networks.

Break, Product Demonstrations, Exhibit Area Open, Peer Networking

11:15 - 11:40 Intel on Security for Consumerization of Enterprise IT, Data Center Optimization/Power-efficient Server Chipsets, 2n1 Laptop/Tablets, Common Silicon Architecture Across Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop, Desktop, Server Hardware
Intel is the world's largest semiconductor firm, powering the vast majority of desktops, laptops and servers, with a rapidly growing presence in the smartphone and tablet markets. They will share their expertise in these critically important areas:Security for Consumerization of Enterprise IT: With hardware-enhanced security, you can support consumer devices and gain layered protection for every perimeter including:
- Network: Use powerful authentication to provide network access only to known, trusted users.
- Platform(s): Deploy added protection that works below the operating system to stop attacks in real time and protect online transactions.
- Applications: Harden application security to protect operating system vulnerabilities, such as escalation-of-privilege attacks, and better protect virtualized infrastructure models.
- Data: Gain greater protection for sensitive business data with faster full-disk encryption and built-in anti-theft capabilities.
- Remediation: Respond quickly with remote remediation capabilities, including the ability to diagnose, isolate, and repair infected clients in any operational state, in any location.Data Center Optimization
: Reduce costs and gain efficiencies in your data center from strategic investments in new server infrastructure. That’s because the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 product family increases virtualization density and storage efficiency, all while lowering costs and boosting the overall effectiveness of your data center.

11:40 - 12:00: HP: Software Defined Networks (SDN)
HP Software-Defined Networking (SDN) provides an end-to-end solution to automate the network from data center to campus and branch.

The world is moving faster than ever. Transactions must be processed at lightning speed. Mountains of data must be transformed into insights. Customers want exceptional service. Employees want access to information and applications from any device. Delivering on those expectations requires data centers that are more powerful, agile, and automated than ever before, and a campus environment that responds to a dynamic and changing workforce.

Server and storage architectures have modernized to keep pace with the unyielding expectations of an always-on world, but the underlying network has not. The data center network itself, while certainly bigger and faster, has largely been built the same way for two decades. Evolution of campus networks has been slow, despite the mobility revolution. Whether in the data center or on the campus, when legacy networks are pushed to the limit, they become fragile, difficult to manage, vulnerable, and expensive to operate. Manual configuration and operation simply won’t scale to the demands of today’s applications, users, and business requirements. Businesses whose networks are at this breaking point risk missing the next wave of opportunity.

This session provides an overview of the HP Virtual Application Networks (VAN) SDN Controller and how HP is fostering the development of a vibrant SDN ecosystem to help enterprises, cloud providers, and developers unleash new levels of automation and efficiency in data center and campus networks.

12:00 - 12:20: Primary Storage Innovations and Flash Technology with Astute Networks
Astute is the leading provider of Networked Flash™ appliances that accelerate application performance by 10x or more, enhance user productivity and lower IT costs for physical, virtual and cloud environments.  The company’s ViSX family of Networked Flash appliances is based on a 100% solid state flash technology that cost–effectively delivers a high number of sustained IOPS to dramatically increase application performance. Powered by its patented DataPump Engine™, ViSX overcomes performance limitations by non-disruptively delivering shared performance to all servers and virtual machines over pervasively deployed Ethernet networks.

12:20 - 12:40: Dell Backup/DR/Data Protection for Physical, Virtual, Cloud and Other Platforms
Dell offers a broad portfolio of scalable solutions to protect data and deliver rapid recoverability across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Working with regional partners, its automated processes for validating and verifying the integrity of data helps ensure the success of every recovery. With tools and improved replication off site, you will learn about ways to improve your existing backup and disaster recovery strategy:
•    Review trends in data protection, based on current IT needs and how cloud hosting, big data and an increasingly mobile workforce affects your business continuity plans
•    Protect legacy physical servers plus virtual/cloud data across multiple platforms
•    Get data offsite to your DR facility and/or the cloud

Full Hot Lunch, Exhibit Area Open, Peer Networking, Product Demonstrations

1:20 - 1:35: Enterprise Information and Social Media Archiving/Compliance from Arcmail

"Enterprise Information Archiving” or EIA covers specialized products and solutions for archiving user content (email, files, IM, text messages and Microsoft SharePoint documents) and other data types (such as structured data, social media and Web page content). This aspect of IT management is becoming increasingly important, with growing security, compliance, ediscovery and privacy considerations.

1:35 - 2:05: VMware: Private/Public Hybrid Cloud and Software Defined Data Center
VMware and its partner Whalley Computing will discuss their vCloud® Hybrid Service™ (vCHS) , an exciting hybrid cloud offering. vCHS is a VMware owned and operated external cloud offering that uses the same software stack as our customers and thus provides unmatched operational efficiencies that reduce operational complexity, risk and TCO. In essence, it is infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or capacity on demand recognized in an OpEx model that will enable firms to easily and confidently execute your Hybrid Cloud strategy.

Along with inherent data center compatibility and agility benefits, vCloud Hybrid Service offers:
- Seamless networking, burstable traffic and security (use your same IP and MAC addresses, FW, LB, NAT and VXLAN).
- Common management and orchestration platform (automation and provisioning) that spans on-premise and off-premise.
- No changes to new or legacy applications - move workloads to and from our external cloud without having to make any changes to the VM, vApp, network configurations or security policies.
- VMware world class support

Enterprises worldwide have used VMware vSphere® to significantly improve IT efficiency and performance, yet the mobile cloud era presents new challenges. To meet this challenge, IT organizations need to virtualize the rest of the data center so all infrastructure services become as inexpensive and easy to provision and manage as virtual machines.

The answer is the software-defined data center (SDDC): the ideal architecture for private, public, and hybrid clouds. Pioneered by VMware and recognized by the industry and analysts alike, SDDC extends the virtualization concepts you know— abstraction, pooling and automation — to all data center resources and services. Components of the SDDC can be implemented together, or in phases:
- Compute virtualization, network virtualization and software-defined storage deliver abstraction, pooling and automation of the compute, network, and storage infrastructure services.
- Automated management delivers a framework for policy-based management of data center application and services.

In a software-defined data center, policy-driven automation enables provisioning and ongoing management of logical compute, storage and network services. The result is unprecedented IT agility and efficiency, with flexibility to support today and tomorrow’s hardware and applications. Benefits include:
- Virtualization economics across your data center: Software-defined data center technology helps attain new levels of infrastructure utilization and staff productivity, substantially reducing both capital expenditures and operating costs.
- Applications at business speed: Enabling deployment of applications in minutes or even seconds with policy-driven provisioning that dynamically matches resources to continually changing workloads and business demands.
- Business-aware IT control: Driving right availability, security and compliance for every application via automated business continuity, policy-based governance and virtualization-aware security and compliance.
- Your data center on your terms: The software-defined data center can be leveraged as a private, hybrid or public cloud—in each case, infrastructure is fully abstracted from applications so they can run on multiple hardware stacks, hypervisors and clouds.

2:05 - 2:30 Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud & Infrastructure Services
Cloud computing in its broadest sense is the usage of external IT resources. Microsoft will provide an overview of cloud computing options/strategies, plus discuss their Azure and Hyper-V cloud/virtualization platforms:
- Distinction between private cloud and virtualized/in-house data center
- Benefits of moving some, most, if not all storage & server hardware to a co-location/hosting facility, e.g. perhaps only backup files and tapes are stored/located offsite?
- Tradeoff between purchasing public cloud services (operating expenses) versus expanding internal IT infrastructure (capital spending)
- Benefits of transferring some, most, if not all software applications to a cloud service provider, e.g. using a public cloud provider to handle peak/high-volume customer web demand only?
- Recommendations for an integrated or hybrid public cloud/private cloud/virtualized data center infrastructure, covering both internal/employee & external/customer-facing applications
- Strategies for securing, patching and updating virtual and cloud environments, while ensuring compliance with corporate standards
- Cloud computing definitions and framework: IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service), SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), to name a few acronyms/options that will be defined.

Windows Azure is a cloud solution platform with a set of capabilities enabling IT to define, deploy, and manage workloads. This presentation provides an opportunity to witness the capabilities in action by demoing the deployment of an application architecture in a self-service manner in minutes with Windows Azure.

End of Event, Raffle Prize Drawings for an HP Slate 7 Tablet, Gift Cards and other items!


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21 Atwells Avenue
Providence, RI 02903

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM (EST)

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Ron Gerber

Ronald J. Gerber is the CEO of Angelbeat, Founder of Gerber & Company, and serves on the Board of Directors and is a former President of the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York. To get the latest updates on Gerber and Angelbeat, you can follow him on Twitter at @angelbeat, join Angelbeat social media groups on either Linkedin or Facebook, plus read Gerber's widely-respected blog at

Angelbeat has held over 800 technology symposiums on throughout North America since its founding in 1999. Angelbeat is the largest technology event company in North America based on its 74-city geographic coverage. These forums bring together IT professionals with global technology leaders from Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, VMware, Google, HP, Dell and many others. Through these activities Ron Gerber has an unmatched level of knowledge, contacts and credibility among both technology vendors and their CTO/CIO customer base. Based on his industry reputation, he was selected to write six supplements on the mobility and security topics for the New York Times. Further details are available at

Before starting Angelbeat, Ron Gerber founded and managed Gerber & Company (“GC”), a specialized event firm holding sponsor-funded training in non-IT fields. GC held seminars for government inspectors on new building codes that were supported by construction firms, for example.

Ron Gerber served as an M&A/restructuring consultant to $4 billion Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), leading to a spin-off of its Authentec biometric fingerprint unit (purchased by Apple in 2012), Terion wireless two-way dispatch system for fleet management, and Intersil semiconductor operations specializing in Wi-Fi 802.11 chipsets. For $2 billion Systemax (NYSE:SYX), Gerber negotiated and implemented their ISP partnership with MSN, auction alliance with Amazon and on-line financial services tie with

From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Gerber worked for Honeywell, holding senior management positions including Vice President of Marketing, Vendor Relationships and Purchasing for its $1.2 billion ADI distribution subsidiary and Vice President, Business Development for its Ademco security manufacturing subsidiary. He launched their website, coordinated biometric initiatives such as incorporating voice recognition technology in alarm equipment, expanded sales of wireless alarm systems using low-cost, high-reliability and low-data-content transceivers, created new marketing programs for its Alarmnet wireless/cellular alarm monitoring network, developed an OEM spread spectrum product for high-reliability, low cost and low data content applications, advised its Cylink affiliate on new markets for its encryption technology and divestiture of its high data content wireless transmission business unit and structured an innovative home networking joint venture with Microsoft, Comcast and PG&E.

From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Gerber worked for the AVX Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:AVX). Gerber was in charge of and led a successful turnaround of its $400M Surface Mount Manufacturing Division, reversing a (10%) loss to 9% profitability in just two years while growing sales by 30%. Key customers included the world’s leading telecommunication firms such as Lucent, Nortel, IBM, Motorola, etc. Many of its products were used for military and NASA/satellite applications. He has also worked for Accenture.

Mr. Gerber received a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He currently serves as Director of the Harvard Business School Club of New York and previously served as President of both the Harvard Business School Club of New York and the Harvard Business School Club of Dallas.

Ron Gerber can be reached at or 516-277-2057 . He is married to Andrea and they have four children, Lamarcus, Harry, Amanda and Sydney, plus their dog Scout, an Australian Shepherd. The Gerber’s reside in Long Island, New York.

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